Chapter 31. Ralph Ellison

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Rachel Farebrother Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch31

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Farebrother, R. (2009) Ralph Ellison, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch31

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man published in 1952;
  • Ellison's landmark novel - Invisible Man;
  • Ellison - racial discrimination upon African Americans and White Americans;
  • Ellison's emphasis upon invisibility's precarious doubleness - challenging a binary logic;
  • excavation of Invisible Man - individual consciousness carrying considerable weight;
  • Ellison's essays characterizing American history - failure to live up to democratic ideals;
  • Ellison's allusions - African American and Euro-American cultural traditions in Invisible Man;
  • Ellison and Richard Wright;
  • Juneteenth, reconstructed fragment of a 2,000 page manuscript

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Invisible Man

  • Ellison and Richard Wright

  • Juneteenth

  • References and Further Reading